Dec 31, 2011 11:18 AM by Matt Stafford

Technology could aid in fight against distracted driving

WASHINGTON (AP) - With more states implementing bans on cell phone use in cars, and a big push by the National Transportation Safety Board to get states to stop distracted driving, the new year may bring a new strategy.

The Institute for Highway Safety, which is funded by auto insurers, says new technology in cars may help prevent distractions from technology like cell phones and GPS units.

The institute's Russ Rader says there's new technology that can automatically hit the brake if a driver doesn't respond fast enough to an emergency.

He says some of the technology is already in use in luxury cars and is beginning to make its way into more mainstream cars.


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